From sport organisations, NGOs and Not-for-profit organisations dealing with sport and children’s rights

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Jan DARFELT

Special adviser, National Olympic Committee (NOC) and Danish Sports Federation, Denmark

 

I am a special adviser in the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Denmark. I have been employed for 33 years and former head of our development department for 15 years. Earlier I have been working for the Danish police.

In NOC Denmark, I have been working on the topic of sexual violence since year 2000. I conduct seminars, advise clubs and member federations in specific cases in the field. This involves helping them address cases, furnishing them with education materials, and advising the NOC Denmark board on these matters.

 


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

  • General knowledge to the subject in sport
  • Guidelines and process advice for clubs
  • Support in cases with suspicion of sexual violence
  • Different education materials about the subject

Our main achievement is to avoid/prevent instances of sexual violence  in our member clubs and federations. We teach our clubs  actions that can prevent sexual violence in their club, and I give advice/support in specific cases. Every time there is a suspicion of sexual violence I contact the club or federation and help/advise them resolve the case.

We make standards for club policies/guidelines to preventing sexual violence from happen in the local clubs.

Maria HERCZOG

Program director, Family, Child, Youth Association, Hungary

 

I have a Ph.D. in Sociology, and I am a researcher and an educator in child welfare, child protection and child rights.

Author of several books and articles, I have worked with international organisations – Council of Europe, UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO), EU - as a scientific expert and a consultant, and as a national focal point on violence prevention for the WHO since 2004. I was a member of the UN Committee on the rights of the child (CRC) in 2007-2014 and President of Eurochild in 2010-2016.

I am currently chair and program director at the Family, Child, Youth Association, conducting abuse prevention programs for professionals working with children and families, including specific program on child sexual abuse.

I am currently working in an EU funded project on developing training for professionals to better include children and parents in dealing with emotional abuse and neglect. I recently finished a project on developing training materials for professionals to use child-friendly language when working with children in legal matters.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport


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Nadezda KNORRE

Chairwoman of the Committee of Equal Rights in Sport, Czech Olympic Committee, Czech Republic

 

My background is sport and a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Physical Education, Charles University in Prague. I also worked as a teacher at the Department of Gymnastics from 1986 to 2004. During the same period, I was a board member of the Czech Gymnastic Federation and for 10 years a member of the European Gymnastic Federation. I was an international judge and coach. Since 1997, I have been the chairwoman of the Committee of Equal Rights of the Czech Olympic Committee, and for 4 years an elected member of the Olympic Committee board. Between 2001 and 2004, I represented Czech sport in the European Women and Sport (EWS) Steering group. Since 2011, I have been working on the Women Sport International board, and since 2015 as a vice-president. In 2012, I was a member of the expert group of an EU project on preventing sexual harassment and abuse in sport.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

Håvard B. ØVREGÅRD

Adviser, responsible for work against sexual harassment and abuse, The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, Norway

Member of the PSS+ expert group

 

Since 2012, I’ve been responsible for the work against sexual harassment and abuse in Norwegian sport, as staff member in The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF).

Previous to this, from 2007, I was responsible for NIFs work against homophobia (LGBT-related policies), and was also a member of the working-group that developed the (revised) guidelines to prevent sexual harassment and abuse in sport in Norway.

My daily work would include giving advice to sport clubs, athletes, federations, parents, and others, in cases relating to sexual harassment and abuse, as well as to develop the organisations policies and procedures in handling cases concerning sexual harassment and abuse.

My background includes work against racism in a Norwegian NGO (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_People%27s_Aid), and Bureau Member of the European Youth Forum 1998-2002 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Youth_Forum).


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

  • Taking part in developing the present Guidelines to prevent sexual harassment and abuse in sport in NIF: https://www.idrettsforbundet.no/globalassets/idrett/idrettsforbundet/english/637_10_sexual-harassment_eng_web.pdf
  • Planned, executed and promoted the development of educational films against sexual harassment and abuse: https://www.idrettsforbundet.no/english/the-role-of-the-coach/
  • Through work as adviser on the topic increased awareness and competence on work against sexual harassment and abuse in Norwegian sport. According to a recent (unpublished) study (2017, Kari Fasting et al), 18 of 54 national federations (33%) have dealt with cases regarding sexual harassment and abuse, 16 of these national federations have received support from NIF
  • The development of guidelines on how to proceed (for sport clubs etc.) in cases of sexual harassment and abuse (currently in progress, to be published soon)

Bernie PRIESTLEY

Code of Ethics Manager, Sport Ireland, Ireland

 

My name is Bernie Priestley and I am the Code of Ethics Manager in Sport Ireland. I have held this role since 2006. My role is to work with all the sporting Federations in the Implementation of Safeguarding children and young people. In this role, I work with over 60 National Governing Bodies to provide a Safe Environment for children and young people. I have developed a suite of face to face and online training programmes. I have also developed with an online platform developer a Safe Sport App.

I hold a post-graduate qualification in Child Protect and Welfare from Trinity College Dublin.


Main (personal / organisational) achievements in the field of preventing and combating sexual violence (towards children) in sport

  • Safeguarding training for all Sports Organisations
  • Safe Sport App
  • Online Refresher training
  • Developing an Audit Tool for Safeguarding: www.sportireland.ie/code

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